Governor JB Pritzker announced eight principles that he said will serve as a foundation to transitioning Illinois to a clean energy economy.
"When it comes to clean energy innovation, Illinois is a leader in the Midwest, and by working together, we can build on that progress to protect consumers and the climate," Pritzker said. "With these principles as a starting point, we will ensure any legislation on energy includes robust consumer protections as we work to increase transparency and restore the public's faith in this process."
He went on, "I will be an advocate for ratepayers, so they know they will finally have a seat at the table. These principles represent guideposts for crafting a legislative proposal that puts consumers and climate first, and I look forward to working with our legislative partners, advocacy groups, and other concerned citizens to bring this effort home."
The Governor’s principles explore ways to increase funding for programs that provide weatherization dollars to low income households. Recognizing the need to partner with the business community to reduce emissions, the framework would allow Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and other industrial decarbonization programs to be included in utility energy efficiency programs, and encourages partnership with industries that are attempting to decarbonize high carbon emitting industrial sectors, such as steel, cement, refining, and chemical manufacturing.